Six arrested after student unrest at UMass-Amherst following Super Bowl

Elizabeth O’Brien and Christian Oliveira

CloseElizabeth O’Brien and Christian Oliveira. Jill Webb

Six people are under arrest after a chaotic scene on the campus of UMass Amherst following the Patriots loss.

The crowd control measures came after campus police reported that fights had broken out in the Southwest residential area after the game ended, and that people had set off firecrackers and smoke bombs and were throwing objects, according to a UMass statement.

UMass police are pursuing criminal charges and the school said "the university will also initiate a prompt review of the matter under its student conduct process as appropriate".

Christian Oliveira and Elizabeth O’Brien
Christian Oliveira and Elizabeth O’Brien

Twelve people within that crowd were transported by ambulances, according to the Amherst Fire Department, for injuries including lacerations, alcohol intoxication and head injuries. The area was cleared by 11:30 p.m. UMass Police were assisted by Massachusetts State Police and Amherst Police.

Twitter users posted several videos and photos that depicted the rowdy crowd. In an e-mailed statement sent early Monday, he said cases were still being processed and he did not know if the people arrested and injured were students.

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